All Soul’s Food
|Mount St. Mary’s cemetery|
If there is one month that can be described as “reflective,” for me that would be November. It may be the darker and chillier days on the East Coast or the fall colors, but they both reflect a change of the season, and for this seasonal change, a shift to the natural dormancy of our surroundings. All in all, it reflects life.
For me, the reflective days of November, however, point directly to the liturgical seasons. The beginning of November signals that the liturgical year is soon coming to an end. We begin the month of November remembering All Saints in Heaven, while hoping and praying that All Souls of the faithful departed will soon experience the victory over sin and death.
|“Pietá” in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC.|
In the Catholic Church, the month of November is dedicated to remembering our beloved dead. It’s not morbid, but hopeful. It’s certainly sad to remember people who we love and who have died, but our faith tells us our tears will eventually be turned into joy. We just have to remember a few things: Heaven is real. God is real. God’s mercy for the forgiveness of our sins is very real. We have to ask for that mercy!
In a commercialized world that more and more seems to honor physical beauty above all things, we can easily forget that we have a soul. This e-mail blast offers a simple reminder:
- to feed your soul with healthy foods;
- to exercise your soul with acts of charity;
- to pray for souls that are hurting;
- to love and honor the soul, which is eternal;
- to realize the body – while God’s gift – won’t last forever;
- and, of course, to pray for the souls of those who have passed on.
|At a recent event for St. Michael Archangel Parish in Livonia, Michigan. This couple will feed their married soul with our most recent book, Spicing Up Married Life.|
I strongly and honestly believe that if we prayed more to see people’s souls – rather than constantly paying attention to their physical appearance, financial status, or popularity – we would shift our focus to our relationships with people. For example, I’ve met popular people with very troubled souls. At the same time, I’ve met people with many difficulties in life, but because of their faith their souls are at peace. These faithful people are calm on in the inside despite the challenges around them. Their secret to this peace in their soul is a life of faith well lived!
|Mother Theresa Statue, Basilica of the National Shrine, Washington, D.C.|
Today and this month, I pray our Grace Before Meals movement can inspire you to pay closer attention to your soul, the soul of your family, and the souls of the faithful departed. Please help us spread this good news about our souls by passing on this e-mail; encouraging family, friends, and parishioners to sign up for these weekly e-blasts; and also to pray for our movement!
|At an event at a parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.|
Food for Thought:
- How do you describe the reality of the soul to your family or your children?
- What’s the best “soul food” for you – and I’m talking physical and spiritual soul food?
- Have you had a chance to visit and pray at a cemetery this month? When you go, what are some of the reflective thoughts you’ll have about the deceased person?
- What’s your favorite month? And do you also think November could be described as “reflective?”
Your comments and questions assist us in our mission. Please post your comments below.
Let us pray:
Father in Heaven, You gave us an immortal and rational soul. In our soul is stamped the image of Your beauty. Help us to never forget to take care of our soul – feeding it, strengthening it, and making it the very place where peace and love begins in our lives. We remember always the souls of the faithful departed, and we entrust their souls to Your loving mercy and forgiveness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The American Military Cemetery, Assisi, Italy
This Week’s Recipe:
- All Souls Day
- Blast from the Past
- CRS Rice Bowl
- Culinary Confessions
- Dinner Discussion
- Entertaining Truth
- Epic Food Fight
- Faithful Foodie
- Feast Days
- Food for the Body
- Food for the Soul
- Food for Thought
- From the Feedbag
- Grace Before Meals
- In Memory
- Menu Inspiration
- Merry Christmas
- New Year
- Past Emails
- Recipe- Dessert
- Recipe- Pork
- Recipe-Side Dishes
- Restauraunt Reviews
- Savoring Our Faith
- Simply Blogging
- Special Religious Theme
- Spicing Up Married Life
- Taste Tester
- The Table Foundation
- What's On the Table